Cassia nemophila

Desert Cassia
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

5-8′ x 4-6′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Yellow

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Winter

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hedge, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Rounding

Sunset Garden Zones

24-Dec

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

10B

Moderate to fast-growing evergreen shrub to 5-8’ tall x 4-6’ wide. This tough desert-hardy species forms an airy rounded-mound of bright-green needle-like foliage accented with a profusion of eye-catching buttercup-like bright-yellow flowers appearing late-winter to early-spring. Flowers are followed by flat rusty-brown seed pods that can persist on the plant for several months. Some find the pods attractive while others do not. This can be remedied with a light pruning after flowering to eliminate the development of these seed pods. Tolerates strong reflected heat and is drought tolerant once established. Great as a warm climate accent or foundation planting. Requires a well-drained soil and a full to partial sun exposure.

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